Country Arts South AustraliaCountry Arts SA is a dynamic and innovative organisation committed to the growth of sustainable regional communities. Country Arts SA aims to ensure that regional South Australians have access to arts and cultural development opportunities that enrich their lives and contribute to their well-being.
Country Arts SA's strategic goals are to:
- deliver a diverse program of professional arts to a broad range of regional and remote audiences;
- encourage and foster cultural and artistic growth in regional and remote communities;
- develop, operate and support arts and cultural facilities across regional South Australia;
- and,maintain a creative, efficient and successful organisation that is a leader in the arts in Australia.
Country Arts SA delivers arts programs and services through:
- managing and operating performing arts centres, located in Whyalla, Port Pirie, Renmark and Mount Gambier;
- developing performing arts touring programs for the performing arts centres and for touring to other regional communities;
- developing and managing visual arts touring programs;
- managing a number of arts funding programs that support the development of regional artists and communities;
- advocating for the continuing development of the arts in country South Australia;
- and the provision of an arts information and advisory service to country South Australians.
For more information on the programs and veues operated by Country Arts SA, check out their website at www.countryarts.org.au
Mora BrothersCAN SA were partners with WOMADelaide Artist Residency with Arts Projects Australia in hosting the Mora Brothers Workshops in the Big Space. Georgie Davill and Joyce Louey were involved in the workshops. The Mora Brothers, Filiberto and Yanoski, are two papier-mâché artists from Havana, Cuba. This was the Moras? first opportunity to develop ideas with Australian artists. The aim of this residency was to provide an interactive learning experience, alongside opportunities for informal educational discussions focussing on Cuban culture, politics and history. Some highlights of this project included the networking opportunities for all involved, the visibility of CAN SA amongst a broader sector, including the local community and residents and the national and state media profile (through the Australian newspaper, the Advertiser, through Channels 7, 9 and ABC and also through SBS radio station).
Artist-In-Residence-Nalin GamwaryFollowing the successful partnership with the 2005 WOMADelaide Foundation through Arts Projects Australia (APA), CAN SA was again approached to work in association with the WOMAD Foundation?s Artist Residency with puppet craftsman extraordinaire Nalin Gamwary from Sri Lanka. 15 local artists worked with Training and Development Officer, Joyce Louey from CAN SA, community artists and project coordinators Bob Daly and Kalyna Micenko and Singalese interpreter Lakshmi Kumaratilake. The aim of this residency was to provide opportunities for discussions focussing on Sri Lankan culture, politics and history while learning the practical skills of puppet-making. The completed puppets were transported to the Botanic Park, the WOMADelaide festival site on Friday 10 March, to be displayed as part of Nalin Gamwary?s scheduled puppet performances at Kidzone. Artists were given weekend passes to the festival and were able to keep their puppets after the event. The WOMAD Artist in Residency Programs have shown to facilitate an important transfer of skills with evaluations giving positive feedback on both the form and content.
2009 Three Anangu Stories ProjectPresented by the WOMADelaide Foundation in association with Better World Arts and with the support of Community Arts Network SA WOMADelaide Foundation provided six days of intensive cultural workshops between Anangu artists from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands and Adelaide artists, designed to capture important traditional stories in performance and recorded form. The workshops focussed on understanding the diversity found within traditional Anangu knowledge, and what came out of the project resulted in an innovative collaborative dialogue between Anangu artists and contemporary Adelaide artists and practitioners.
For more information about Better World Arts check out their website www.betterworldarts.com.au
The WOMAD Foundation provides long-term educational opportunities for cultural exchange, learning and active participation exposing diverse arts and cultures to audience all over the world.For more information on WOMADelaide check out their website www.womadelaide.com.au
ReachoutCAN SA was contracted by Offenders Aid and Rehabilitation Service (OARS) in 2004 to develop and deliver a series of training as part of its REACHOUT program. The REACHOUT program has been through a state based drug and alcohol prevention initiative funded for a three year pilot and aims to:
Promote citizenship through an integrated, structured and disciplined program with a focus on creating and maintaining a mutually supportive team environment
Encourage participants to reassess their lifestyles and acquire new and more appropriate interests, objectives and skills for resocialisation
Improve participants self-esteem and self-discipline
Improve the levels of mental and physical well being of participants
Coordinated by Ollie Black and Georgie Davill (until June 2006), CAN SA are contracted to deliver five training blocks over three years covering ?communication? using the ?arts? and community cultural development processes. All the training has been conducted in Cadell Training Centre, in the Riverland. During 2006, the artsworkers who have worked on this project are David Pidd, John Hilliard, Alirio Zavarce, Nick O?Connor, Ollie Black and Georgie Davill.
For more information about OARS Community Transitions click on the link www.oars.org.au